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Bruno Génésio, the man for the job?

A little more than two years after Julien Stéphan who had made a success of his debut in Rennes by obtaining a qualification for the Europa League via the Coupe de France, Bruno Genesio can hope to do the same thanks to Ligue 1. Appointed at the head of the club Breton at the beginning of March, the former OL coach found solutions to put an end to the series of poor results of Eduardo Camavinga’s teammates. After the inaugural defeat against Marseille, the 50-year-old allowed his team to win two games in a row. In Reims this Sunday, he will try to continue this good series to get closer to the top 5 and qualifying places in European competitions.

Returning from his experience in China, the tactician was able to restore confidence to Rennes who were sorely lacking since the start of 2021. The new staff has also been able to bring back the joy of living in the Breton locker room to believe the words of Damien Da Silva reported by France Bleu Armorique at the start of the weekend. “They arrived very fresh. We lacked it because we remained in the negativity of bad results. It did us good, maybe we didn’t laugh enough in training, while remaining serious of course. It’s easier to say when you win, but it’s a little better at this level.”

Genesio may have found a framework that suits him

Even if there is still some way to go, Stade Rennais is on the right track to regain its game and its standing. If the choice of Bruno Genesio had initially been contested, he seems on the verge of raising the bar as he had managed to do when he was appointed to the Lyon bench in 2015. He may not have the charisma and the local anchorage of his predecessor but in a structured institution and a little less exposed than the Olympique Lyonnais, the 54-year-old coach could find a framework favorable to his success, especially since he is supported by Florian Maurice in sports management.

If Bruno Genesio may not represent the progress expected by Rennes supporters, his desire to instill a culture of winning and his experience seem to provide some guarantees. If it will be difficult for him to do as well as Julien Stéphan, he can bet on his ability to achieve exploits to follow in the footsteps of the one who recently resigned. The situation is not the same as it was two years ago, but the objectives are the same.

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